Brittany shared, “We have witnessed Lisa in action multiple times and have many of her pictures in my house (my Sister’s senior pictures, Mike’s cousin’s wedding, our engagement pictures). She lives two doors down from my parents and we have so much in common! My nerves were a mess on my wedding day but Lisa made me feel so calm and having known her for so long she is like family to us.”
She continued, “I love the stories Lisa tells through her photos and her blog. Each image has so much emotion and color. Every time I look at a new blog post I feel like I know the couple and can feel the love they have for each other. I also love art and almost majored in Art History in college. Having professional pictures taken by Lisa is like having a piece of art on your walls! I love how creative she is with light, depth, and color.”
Thank you, Brittany! I opened with a photo that had depth (couple, trees, Gettysburg Hotel, sky), emotion and vibrant color. This next shot is modern, artistic, and much closer perspective. I wanted to show the intricate details fo the diamonds on Brittany’s rings and the fiery orange shape and color of the leaves surrounding the Gettysburg Hotel.
Brittany shared, “I was going for a secret garden vibe. My colors were gold, mauve, and burgundy. I love flowers and floral patterns and those colors always seem to find a way into some of my favorite patterns and flowers.”
Here he shows that beaming smile as he gathers with his groomsmen in One Lincoln, the tavern located on the street level of the Gettysburg Hotel.
She shared, “We weren’t sure if we wanted to spend the night before our wedding apart, but we did, so on the day of the wedding, I could not wait to see Michael. We are hardly ever apart so seeing him after a night away just made me so happy and calm. I always know everything will be ok as long as I’m with Michael.”
If you know this building, it is on the square in Gettysburg and always flooded with tourists. It was today too, but I just got low and basically cropped them out of my frame, focusing instead on the architecture that Brittany loves so much and the colorful sky:
As they followed the crosswalk on the square, we headed towards the vibrant, historic architecture of The Pub and the wind caught Brittany’s dress perfectly as Michael held her hand.
Brittany shared, “Michael and I get along so well. He tends to be more introverted, while I’m more extroverted so we definitely challenge each other when it comes to being social. I’m also spontaneous, while Michael is very deliberate. That makes our adventures challenging sometimes, haha but still exciting!”
I noticed this skeleton in one of my favorite stores, and Brittany’s too, The Lark.
It says, “Waiting for my wife to finish shopping.”
Brittany laughed, “I love shopping, and Michael is usually really patient with me when I want to explore.”
I *loved* Brittany’s wedding gown.
She shared, “I’m still obsessed with the Hayley Page Pascal gown. I literally knew as soon as the consultant showed it to me that it was the one. It looks like a Secret Garden! It has the most delicately beaded flowers and vines in teal, pink and white. It was shiny and flowy and everything I never knew I wanted in a dress!”
I try to give couples a really eclectic mix of shots, here is a more serious portrait of the two of them:
She continued, “We asked Michael’s Aunt, Effrosiny to be our Koumbara. She is his Mother’s sister and ever since his Mom passed away in 2005 from Cancer, she really stepped into the lives of Michael and his siblings as a mother figure. Seeing her in this role in our wedding meant so much to Michael and I.”
Here are a few of Michael’s family members:
While my second photographer, Jim, captured the more traditional family portraits, in the church, I headed to the reception to focus on the florals and other reception details.
Brittany smiled, “I have always known that I wanted big floral centerpieces that made a statement. I’m very picky about flowers too so I was pretty specific about what types of flowers I wanted.”
Brittany explained, “I was so in love with my cake which was covered in fondant flowers! I wanted a grand traditional wedding cake that tasted great and that’s what I got! Each tier was a different flavor!”
Hard to believe but the tulips, dahlias, and peonies on that cake are 100% fondant icing!!!
Brittany’s parents, my neighbors…
Brittany shared, “Hearing Michael’s aunt speak on behalf of her sister and acknowledge how much I have been trying to embrace the customs and traditions of not only the Greek Orthodox faith but the Greek way of life, meant so much to me and Michael. I really did get emotional.”
The band began playing Greek wedding music and the guests, no matter what their background, joined in, holding hands and forming large rhythmic circles with the bride and groom and around them! Here one of Brit’s sisters laughs as she spins. I used a slow shutter to capture the movement and love how that turned out!
I worked with my lighting and shutter speed to freeze the falling money and allow it to be the subject of the photo…
Brittany explained, “Having all of our family and friends together in the same room celebrating together was just amazing.”
Brittany smiled, “The end of the evening felt amazing. Planning a wedding was one of the most overwhelming things I have ever done. I had so much fun and it was all worth it, but I was so happy when it was coming to an end, haha.”
She went on, “Being outside in the cool air with Michael under the lights was exactly how I wanted it to end. He is the light in my life and always will be.”
Brittany & Michael, thank you so much for sharing your special day with me! It has been such a pleasure to see be there for so many key points of you and your family members’ lives!
If you’d like to see more of Brittany & Michael, check out their Harper’s Ferry engagement session here. A few of those other family events were Michael’s cousin’s wedding and Brittany’s sister’s senior portraits. 🙂
Wedding Vendors (along with Brit’s comments) :
- Make-up and Hair: Gettysburg Day Spa (Amanda)
- Florist: “The Flower Shop” Koons Florist (Heidi, Ira, Jane, all amazing!)
- Band/DJ: Nikos Koutras Entertainment (All were great – especially Nikos the main singer and Johnny the DJ).
- Dress: Haley Page from J & B Bridals, (The entire family is fantastic)
- Cake: Karen Rodkey Cakes (incredible!)
- Photo Booth: Naterpix Photobooth, (so much fun!)
- Transportation: A Touch of Class Limousine
- Vintage Furniture Rental: Shabby Chic Event Rentals
- Venue: The Gettysburg Hotel, (Megan Wherley – the coordinator at The Gettysburg Hotel is the best in the business!)
- Photography: Rhinehart Photography (see first paragraph, haha)